Viscount meaning

vīkount
A nobleman ranking below an earl or count and above a baron.
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Used as a title for such a nobleman.
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(historical) In England,
  • A deputy of an earl.
  • A sheriff.
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A nobleman next below an earl or count and above a baron.
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A member of the peerage above a baron but below a count or earl.
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Origin of viscount

  • Middle English from Old French visconte from Medieval Latin vicecomes vicecomit- Late Latin vice- vice- Late Latin comes occupant of any state office count2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman viscounte, from Medieval Latin vicecomes, from Latin vice + comes. Equivalent to vice- + count.

    From Wiktionary